US should ‘seize Iraq’s oil fields’ says Trump

Would-be presidential rival says oil field profits would reimburse US for military campaign

President Obama to “get tough with Saudi Arabia” on oil prices, said Donald Trump

President Obama to “get tough with Saudi Arabia” on oil prices, said Donald Trump

Outspoken real estate mogul Donald Trump has urged President Obama to “get tough with Saudi Arabia” on oil prices and said the US military should seize Iraq’s oil fields.

The reality TV star, who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, said OPEC had run riot with oil prices and was forcing petrol costs to unrealistic levels.   

“Gasoline prices are going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, “Fellas, it’s time. It’s over. You’re not going to do it anymore,” Trump said during an appearance on ‘Good Morning America.’

“I’m going to look ‘em in the eye and say, “Fellas, you’ve had your fun. Your fun is over.

Saudi Arabia is oil cartel OPEC’s largest exporter and a long-time ally of the United States.

“They wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for us.  If it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t be there.  These 12 guys sit around a table and they say; ‘Let’s just screw the United States,’” Trump said.
The real estate tycoon, who ranked 488th on Forbes magazine's 2010 list of the world's billionaires, was equally controversial on the subject of Iraq.

The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 cost the Pentagon an estimated $1bn a week and led to the death of at least 4,447 US military deaths. In compensation, Trump said, the military should seize the country’s oil fields and funnel off the profits.

“We go into Iraq. We have spent thus far, $1.5 trillion. We could have rebuilt half of the United States. So, in the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils,” he said.

“You’re not stealing anything. You’re taking - we’re reimbursing ourselves - at least, at a minimum, and I say more. We’re taking back $1.5 trillion to reimburse ourselves.”

Trump’s controversial views have proved popular with the American public. An Associated Press report said presidential polls showed growing support for his candidacy. The billionaire has said he would spend upwards of $600m on a potential run.

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Posted by: aziz

It is unfortunate for America to have president Bush and Obama who spent public money only for the destruction of other countries. Then came this Mr Donald Trump who is still working for his candidacy but at the very early stage he has already imagined of stealing the oil of Iraq. What a shame on you Mr Trump. Where are those great leaders of America like Abraham Lincoln?

Posted by: smita

@Trump : US tried to ..steal oil twice in Iraq ...and you know what happened. Surely you have not received body bags like some of the US families have, to understand the trauma of "stealing and death."

And no religon teaches is people who do so.

Posted by: Al Hind

Now Trump turns on Islam:

"Trump: Koran Teaches a "Very Negative Vibe" There is a lot of Hate in the Koran"

Posted by: Zafar

Trump comments are very typical of the West view on oil producing countries. So it is no surprise as he has come out with it.
But they hae no right over the oil, only Iraqi do. What democracy the US is trying to spread in the Arab world is really strange, first they must educate the masses on what democracy is. Democracy can be misused and used as tool to legitimize power and then do all corrupt things (Pakistan/Afghanistan/Iraq/Israel) whereever the US is involved in such experiments there are problems. They claim they are fighting a war on terror which is more of an excuse tto extend their agenda on the world. This needs to change or there will be real people revolution. The West are trying to portray Islam also as a tool to extend public opinion in their favour, there is also the element of Zionist agenda in all of this exercise. How comes US/West was able to get a UN Resolution against Libya to protect people, what happened when Israel was attacking women and children.

Posted by: an angry Iraqi

My father was killed in Iraq because of the chaos created by Bush, BLIAR and Chenney.
America should and MUST compensate all the Iraqis for the damage and chaos they have created.
Democracy in Iraq now, means people have the Freedom to kill others, Freedom to be corrupt and Freedom abuse people.

Posted by: SA

The political will is not there,,, your leaders are said to be democratically elected, but look the person is same who was appointed as interim leader by the west.... same story in Afghan where Hamid Karzai was all his life stayed in US and then parachuted to Afghanisatan with a new makeover........ and he is still democratically elected

The issue is the so called super power has not signed Geneva convention, they don't recognize International Court, so it is very limited you can do anything.

Sorry for your loss......but try to build a strong future for your new generation, and don't loose hope.

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